Best Movies Your Kids Have Never Seen (Oldies but Goodies)


Have you found yourself stuck at home and are worried about running out of things to do? Maybe you’ve seen Moana or Frozen just one too many times. If so, here’s a list of movies that your kids may have never seen before…they’re old, but they’re good!  

Little Monsters (1989) PG – stream on Netflix, rent on Prime Video or Apple TV for $3.99
Starring Fred Savage and Howie Mandel. Find out what happens when a boy befriends the monster he finds living under his bed. 

The Princess Bride (1987) PG – rent on Prime Video for $3.99
This classic fairy-tale has both adventure and a love story. A beautiful young woman’s one true love attempts to save her. He comes upon many obstacles along the way.  It’s a film that you’ll enjoy watching again, even as an adult.

Troop Beverly Hills (1989) PG – rent on Prime Video for $3.99
A recently divorced socialite tries to prove that she can do anything she sets her mind to by agreeing to be a girl scout troop leader. She and her troop must prove their wilderness skills at the annual jamboree. 

Homeward Bound (1993) G – stream on Direct TV or HBO, rent on Prime Video for $3.99
An animal adventure film about three pets who set off to find their owners. You can’t go wrong with talking animals, people!

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) PG-13 -stream on HBO
This was one of my favorites as a child. Watching Robin Williams transform from a man to a woman for the sake of his children is both hilarious and heartwarming. I think when I watch it again as an adult I’ll need some tissues.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) PG-13 – stream on Direct TV, rent on Google TV or YouTube TV for $3.99
Directed by Tim Burton, this is a story about Edward (Johnny Depp), a man built by a scientist. He lives all alone until he’s discovered by a woman who brings him to join her family in suburbia. He falls for her daughter (Winona Ryder) but is treated as an outcast for the way he looks and because of his hands made from scissors.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) PG – stream on Disney+, rent on Prime Video for $2.99
The first of the  “Honey I…” series, it’s a classic from the late ‘80s. Watch as Wayne Szalinski invents the machine that can shrink things…but he didn’t realize it’d end up shrinking his kids! After being unknowingly thrown out with the garbage, the kids must make their way back to the house and they come across a lot of BIG obstacles on their journey. 

The Sandlot (1993) PG – rent on Prime Video for $3.99
This one always came up when I asked friends what movie would be on their list. It’s a nostalgic sports film about a boy who finds a group of friends who think that baseball is life. They have various adventures, including trying to get their ball back after it was hit over the fence.

Jurassic Park (1993) PG-13 -rent on Prime Video for $3.99
In the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, a group is set to tour a theme park that’s filled with dinosaurs created by real dino-DNA. Things don’t go quite as planned and they end up fighting for their lives in an attempt to escape when the dinosaurs attack.

The Goonies (1985) PG – rent on Prime Video for $3.99
This classic adventure film is about a group of misfit kids who find an old pirate map and embark on a search for buried treasure. They follow it to an underground cavern and come up against lots of dangerous obstacles along the way. 

Rookie of The Year (1993) PG – stream on Disney+, rent on Prime Video for $3.99
Another sports movie in which a freak-accident gives a 12-year old boy an incredibly powerful and accurate pitching arm. He becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, until his mom’s boyfriend tries to sell his contract to a hated rival team.

All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989) G – stream on Roku, rent on Prime Video for $3.99
After being killed, Charlie, a canine casino owner magically returns. He befriends a young girl and has to decide whether to take revenge or rescue the girl when she’s in trouble.

If you’re wondering where to watch some of your favorite classics, you can look here:

This is a very small list. There are probably a hundred more movies that I want to share with my son as he grows. What are some of your favorites?

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Blair is a wife to Rodney and mommy to Kyus (2016). She grew up in Red Wing and has lived in Rochester for 15 years. Blair works full-time at the Mayo Clinic as a Psychometrist (she tests people’s thinking). She finds mental health and psychology extremely interesting and loves learning about wellness. In her spare time Blair likes to do all things relaxing. This includes, but is not limited to: napping, going for walks, taking baths, and watching reality television. On the weekends you can find her thrift shopping, and attending fun events around town with her family of 3. Blair loves to make people laugh with her sarcastic and blunt personality, and she doesn’t take life too seriously.